Tag Archives: budget

One-up Santa with These DIY Gifts

Whether you’re on a budget this holiday season or looking to channel your finals week stress into crafting, these do-it-yourself gifts are sure to be a hit with your friends and family. For That Friend Who’s Always Cold: Hand Warmers Materials: Fabric scraps Needle and thread (or sewing machine) scissors Rice Funnel Directions: Cut two pieces of fabric and place ... Read More »

System President Ray Cross Visits Campus, Addresses Merger and Budget Concerns

Ray Cross, University of Wisconsin-System President, visited the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus on Nov. 15 to answer questions about his proposed merger of University of Wisconsin campuses. Cross was scheduled for a meeting on the morning of Nov. 16 with business leaders and Chancellor Patterson, but proposed an earlier visit to meet with campus government. Despite attempted jokes by ... Read More »

K-12 Program Progress or Decline?

Lawmakers of Wisconsin recently took a large step in the field of K-12 education, but was it a step backward or forward? A service for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Boards, Gov. Scott Walker insisted on a $648 million spending increase for funding in K-12 schooling. An estimated $10 million was then eliminated from this budget as a result of aid ... Read More »

Segregated Fees Survive the Budget For Now

Segregated fees have survived. Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal suggested making these fees optional, which would have been the end of most student organizations and other services across campus. The Student Government Association at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has worked to educate the student population and organize rallies and effective protests. Jordan Farrell, junior natural resources planning and political ... Read More »

New Budget Proposal Could Mean Big Changes

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently released his proposal for the 2017-2019 University of Wisconsin System budget. In this proposal, Walker recommended that students pay less by giving them the option to opt-out of allocable segregated fees and by implementing a decrease in tuition of 5 percent across the board. In order to help compensate for some of the tuition cut, ... Read More »

University of Wisconsin Calls for Free Tuition

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Student Government Association made a bold statement last month demanding free tuition for all black students. UW-Madison reasoned that African-Americans were legally barred from enjoying the advancements of an education due to slavery and Jim Crow Laws in the past. Currently, African-American students enrolled in the university make up only 2 percent of the demographic. The university has ... Read More »

Tuition Cuts for UW System Not as Great as They Sound

Governor Scott Walker has proposed a tuition cut for the UW System in the next budget, but it comes with strings attached. Walker has appeared to switch from the trend of continuously cutting state funds to adding support to the System. A tuition cut sounds great to students, but for the sake of the functionality of the System as a whole, ... Read More »

Future Budget Cuts Possible for Wisconsin Students

The UW Board of Regents recently cancelled scheduled presentations that were going to be given by UW System Chancellors regarding how individual campuses are being affected by the 2015-17 budget cuts. Soon after the cancelled meeting, Assistant Democratic Leader Katrina Shankland released a statement in which she asked Chancellor Bernie Patterson to hold an informational hearing for the Stevens Point ... Read More »

DNR Land Up for Sale

Budget cuts to the state of Wisconsin are not just impacting the education system. The Department of Natural Resources is putting up 10,000 acres of land that must be sold before June 30, 2017. Wisconsin Act 20 enacted in 2013, revised the state budget, requiring the DNR to sell its land to the private sector. Dr. Anna Haines, professor of ... Read More »

Budget Situation Stimulates Sustainability Discussion

With major budget reductions, sustainability programs will likely be impacted, but a silver lining may be realized in maintaining the status quo with reduced funding. Dave Barbier, sustainability coordinator, said the university will lose resources that contribute to its sustainability, but changing operations could spur improvements in health and wellness, waste stream efficiency and transportation. Centralizing waste collection, recycling printer paper, ... Read More »